Breast Reduction Scars: Guide to Recovery

breast reduction scars

Getting a breast reduction can significantly improve your self-confidence and quality of life, especially if you are a woman whose breasts are large enough to cause chronic pain or skin conditions that can leave you feeling miserable in your own body.

At Harris Plastic Surgery, we see many women who are excited to undergo their breast reduction but who are also nervous about post-operative scarring. We understand completely. Since all surgeries leave behind marks, let’s talk about the best way to minimize breast reduction scarring.

Minimizing Breast Reduction Scars Before Surgery

There are several ways you can minimize your breast reduction scarring before you undergo surgery. The first thing you can do is maintain a healthy lifestyle preoperatively (including drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated, exercising, and not smoking) to improve skin quality and healing postoperatively.

The other thing you should do is consult with an expert plastic surgeon. Choosing the best plastic surgeon, who you feel the most comfortable with, will give you a better experience overall and minimize or hide scars from your surgery.

In consultation with your plastic surgeon, you can decide how much tissue to remove and which incision types will best suit your unique case presentation (skin quality, age, etc.) and lifestyle goals.

Breast Reduction Incision Types

Vertical (Lollipop)Vertical, or “lollipop”(Source)

Traditional (Anchor)

Vertical, or “lAncho”


  • Less extensive scarring

  • Excellent breast reshaping and nipple areolar repositioning

  • Reduced sagging


  • Suitable for larger reductions

  • Aesthetic repositioning of the nipple-areolar complex

  • Remove sagging and excess skin

  • Widely used


  • Limited suitability for larger reductions


  • More scarring

After deciding on your incisions and having surgery, the next phase in minimizing breast reduction scars is postoperative recovery and wound care.

Postoperative Care for Breast Reduction Scars

There are many things to consider when thinking about postoperative care, but the most important is to follow the directions given to you by your plastic surgeon. Every person and surgery is different, and your plastic surgeon will be the best source of information for your specific healing.

Postoperative Care to Minimize Breast Reduction Scars

Follow Post-Operative Instructions

  • Adhere to your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions meticulously to avoid complications.

Keep the Incision Clean

  • Manage the incision gently as directed.

  • Apply silicone gel as directed to assist with scar management.

Avoid Pulling the Incision Site

  • Minimize any movement stretching the wound and potentially widening or reopening the scar.

Protect Yourself from the Sun

  • Protect your scar from sun exposure (UV rays can darken scars, making them more noticeable).

Hydrate and Moisturize

  • Stay hydrated to improve skin elasticity and healing.

  • With guidance from your surgeon, keep the scar moisturized with scar-specific creams to enhance healing.

Use Topical Treatments

  • In our office, we recommend Biocorneum® scar treatment silicone cream with SPF 30 to improve healing and comfort.

Laser Therapy After Healing

  • After your incision site has fully healed, laser treatments can improve the color and texture of noticeable scars.

Have Patience

  • Understand that scar healing can take up to a year or sometimes longer. 

  • Be patient and consistent with your care routines.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

  • Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle supports overall skin health and healing.

  • No smoking.

Combining these strategies can significantly improve the appearance of surgical scars and promote optimal healing. Make sure you always consult with your plastic surgeon or a dermatologist before starting any new treatments or topicals to ensure they are appropriate for your specific case. If you have doubts or concerns about your wound healing, contact your plastic surgeon’s office promptly. Open communication and a strong patient-surgeon partnership are vital to achieving the best possible results. 

Harris Plastic Surgery — For All Your Breast Reduction Needs

Dr. Harris and his team are experts at helping women accomplish their breast reduction goals.  

Whether you need a significant amount of tissue removed or just a smaller reduction, Harris Plastic Surgery is here to help you live your best life. We can plan your surgical incisions to match your needs and minimize and hide your breast reduction scars.

Harris Plastic Surgery - Your Breast Reduction Experts

If you are interested in getting a breast reduction but are concerned about breast reduction scars, call our office — we can provide answers to all your questions.

Contact us online, by phone/text message, or schedule your consultation today. 

Stephen U. Harris, MD FACS

Dr. Stephen U. Harris is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon and recognized expert in breast reduction and reconstruction surgeries, having performed thousands in his career. When it comes to patient care, his philosophy is that every surgery should improve his patient’s overall quality of life, not just their appearance. Dr. Harris stays up-to-date on all the latest advancements in breast augmentation, reconstruction, and reduction and is a recognized innovator in the field. In fact, he was the first surgeon at Good Samaritan Hospital to offer primary prepectoral implant breast reconstruction, as well as secondary prepectoral revision surgery.

Dr. Harris also serves as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, New York and is an active staff surgeon (and former Chief of Plastic Surgery) at South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore, New York.

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